Legislators Consider Revisions Of N.J. Medical Marijuana Program

NEW JERSEY:  Four years after New Jersey became the 14th state to adopt a medical marijuana program, legislators took testimony from dispensary operators and patient advocates who are proposing several changes to give the struggling program a jump-start.

After the hour-long Assembly Regulatory Oversight Committee hearing ended Thursday, chairman Reed Gusciora (D., Mercer) said the legislators would discuss the issues and “hopefully make improvements to the program” by introducing legislation and working with the state Department of Health.

Among the recommendations aired:

The department should revoke the three-year-old licenses of three dispensaries that have not yet opened and then allow other operators to apply.

Doctors should be able to write prescriptions without being required to register for the program.

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